Ireland is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - there are plenty of established historic traditions which are exciting and its love of Guinness is well-known. Travellers particularly fall in love with the people of Ireland and their unique accent. Hospitality in Ireland is counted among the greatest virtues, dating from the Celtic times when anyone not offering the traveller food or drink was considered shameful, and the country is now legendary for the friendliness of its people. Hospitality finds its institution in the local pub - the centre of social life. Even the smallest towns have numerous pubs and none of them are ever empty. The Irish keep their easy-going attitude to life and they never seem to rush or worry - in Ireland time is the greatest luxury.


The peak months of the tourist season are July and August, so consider visiting in May, June or September if you can. The weather is likely to be at least as good and hotels are less busy. Spring flowers are at their best in April and May, and October offers many arts festivals. Winter days have their own sort of atmosphere but darkness falls early, and many sites and attractions are closed, as are a lot of the hotels in holiday areas. You can have magnificent beaches like Rosses Point near Sligo Town all to yourself, but it may be too cold to swim

Featured Ireland Journeys

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Belmond Grand Hibernian - Grand Tour of Ireland

Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities

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Connections Group Scotland & Ireland: A Family Journey (2017)

Experience iconic mountain views and awe-inspiring coastlines, while uncovering incredible legends in two distinctive countries

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Belmond Grand Hibernian - Legends and Loughs

Experience the ultimate in Irish holidays and uncover the hidden gems of the Emerald Isle aboard the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian train.

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Belmond Grand Hibernian - Taste of Ireland

Explore the highlights of Northern Ireland.

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Shannon Princess

​The ten passenger Shannon Princess is the largest hotel barge cruising the River Shannon.

Ashford Castle

Overlooking Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake, on 350 acres of stunning parkland, this award-winning luxury hotel from the Red Carnation collection occupies a 13th century castle.


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